Injured workers who receive their first opioid prescription within the past 12 months will be given a drug disposal bag when filling their prescription at a retail pharmacy, according to a statement from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office. The bags destroy the opioids in a chemical process, making them unusable for legitimate or recreational use.
“Newly injured workers don’t always need every opioid pill in their prescription, and this new effort will simplify the process for safely disposing these dangerous drugs,” DeWine said. “By giving these drug disposal bags to injured workers at the time they fill a prescription, we can not only educate them about the dangers of opioid addiction, but also reduce the risk that unused pills will end up where they shouldn’t – in the hands of children for example.”